Fix – IDT HD Audio Codec Driver Problem on Windows 10

Microsoft tried their best while creating Windows 10 as everyone had a lot of expectations from it. Windows 10 is better than its predecessors in many ways, but what makes it not so successful is bugs and errors. Windows 10 is full of bugs and errors. And no matter how much Microsoft tries to fix them with every update, some new ones always show up out of nowhere.

When people upgraded their computers to Windows 10, it all looked good at the start. But, within a few days (hours?), they started noticing many bugs and errors in it. Some of them got fixed in the first update, but soon, new ones took their place, and the cycle continued. One such error that has been bugging Windows 10 users is IDT High Definition Audio Codec Driver error. This error results in no sound from the computer. Usually, this issue occurs after upgrading your computer to Windows 10, or after installing any Windows 10 update. This normally happens when the driver is not up to date. But, it can also happen due to other reasons as well. This issue has been affecting a lot of Windows users, and if you are one of them, there’s nothing to worry. In this article, we will help you fix the problem. Just follow the methods mentioned below, one by one, until the issue is fixed.


How to Fix IDT HD Audio Error

There are just a few methods to fix this error. Follow and perform these methods carefully to solve the issue.


Working Method : –

On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X (at the same time) to get the quick-access menu.

1 – Click on Device Manager.

Win + X Device Manager


2 – Expand Sound, video and game controllers.

3 – Right-click on IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

4 – Select Update Driver software

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5 – Click on Browse my computer for driver software.


Browse Computer Driver Software


6 – Select High Definition Audio Device

7 – Click on Next

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8 – Click Yes on warning message

9 – Restart your computer.

10-  Now, After restart of PC, just press CTRL + SHIFT + Esc keys together to open task manager.

11 – Now, Go to startup tab.

12 – If you find any item named IDT PC Audio, just right click on it and disable it.


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Hope it is fixed. If it does not get fixed, move on to next method given below.


Confirm it’s a Driver Problem

Before beginning with solving the issue, you will have to make sure it is the driver that’s causing the problem. Because the error could have been caused by some other reason as well. Follow the steps confirm it’s a driver issue.


Step 1. Right-click on the Start menu button and select Device Manager.

 Device Manager


Step 2. Here, expand Sound, video and game controllers.


Expand Sound, Video And Game Controllers


Step 3. Under Sound, video and game controllers, you will find IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. Now, you have to make sure if there is a yellow question mark or an exclamation mark on its icon. If the yellow mark is present, then the driver is causing the problem.


Follow the next method to fix this problem.


Reinstall Driver

After confirming it’s the driver that’s been causing problems, we will reinstall the driver for IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. This method has worked for most users. Follow the steps mentioned below to perform this method.


Step 1. Right-click on the Start menu button and select Device Manager.


Device Manager


Step 2. Expand Sound, video and game controllers and right-click on IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. Select Update Driver.


Update Audio Driver


Step 3. In the next step, select Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.


Let Me Pick From A List Of Available Drivers On My Computer


Step 4. Now, you will see two or more options here. Select High Definition Audio Device. You don’t have to select IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. After that, click on Next.


Step 5. If a warning message appears, click on YES.


Step 6. After the driver installation process is complete, restart your computer.


This should solve the problem. But, if you are still facing the same issue, follow the next method.


Install Latest Driver from Website

As reinstalling the driver offline didn’t work, you will have to try installing the latest driver. For this, go to your computer’s manufacturer’s website, and download the driver setup file for IDT High Definition Audio CODEC. After downloading it, simply double-click on it and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

This should fix the problem. If you are still facing the issue, follow the next method.


Install Driver in Compatibility Mode

Many drivers which were released for operating systems before Windows 10, which work perfectly with Windows 10. This also works backwards. Meaning, many drivers released for Windows 10, work pretty well for Windows’ editions before Windows 10. So, in this method, we will try to install the latest driver for older version Windows, in compatibility mode.


Step 1. The driver setup file which you downloaded in the last method, locate it. You have to right-click on it and select Properties.


Select Properties


Step 2. Go to Compatibility tab. Mark the box beside Run this program in compatibility mode for. After that, select an older version (Windows 8 or Windows 7) from the drop-down menu. Click on OK.


Run On Compatibility Mode


Step 3. Now, double-click on the setup file to begin the installation process. Follow the on-screen instructions to install it.


Step 4. Restart your computer.


This method should fix the problem for you. If it didn’t, follow the next method.


Enable IDT Audio Related Services

In this method, we will enable some IDT Audio related services. This might fix the problem for you. Here, you will have to change the Startup of three services to Automatic. Follow the steps to perform this method.


Step 1. Right-click on the Start menu button and select Run.


Run Run


Step 2. Type services.msc and click on OK.


Run Services.msc


Step 3. Locate Windows Audio, and right-click on it. Select Properties.


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Step 4. Under the General tab, select the Startup type as Automatic (Delayed Start) or Automatic. Click on Start, and then on OK.


Windows Audio Automatic Start


Repeat the above two steps for these two services: Multimedia Class Scheduler and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder.


Step 5. When you are done, restart your computer.


This should fix the problem.


If you were able to solve this issue using some other method, or if you have any questions regarding this issue, please mention them below in comments.